Mount Everest fakers banned and fined after phoney charity climb pictures
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Two climbers have been banned from Mount Everest after lying about reaching the summit.
Indian explorers Narender Singh Yadav and Seema Rani Goswami were awarded certificates from the Nepal tourist board back in 2016.
They took snaps at what they claimed was the top of the world's tallest mountain to show off their impressive achievement.
But experienced climbers raised concerns that their photos were fake – and a probe into their adventure was launched.
Complaints were raised because drooping flags in the image were spotted, with Everest known for its constant high winds.
The investigation has now been concluded and the tourist board moved to ban the pair as well as their team leader from mountaineering in Nepal for six years.
They also fined them 50,000 rupees each – just under £500.
A spokesman for Nepal's tourism ministry said the images of them at the top failed to prove they hadn't completed the mission.
They concluded that the pair "never reached the summit".
They had actually been rescued because their oxygen supply began to run low in the so-called 'death zone', the investigation put forward.
A statement added: "They couldn't produce any evidence of their ascent to the peak. They even failed to submit reliable photos of them at the summit."
Writing on Twitter, Yadav denied the claims and appears keen to clear his name.
He posted: "There is no competition between donkeys and horses and the world will keep barking like this."
The Nepalese tourist board has a history of removing names from the Everest honour role.
It wiped at least five people from its list of Everest summiteers in 2019 after questions were raised about their climbs.
"Back then, everyone had said that they reached the summit so we reported it. But the mountaineering industry is based on trust and we must maintain it," they said.
Over 300 people have died trying to reach the summit since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first managed the feat in 1953.
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